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Interior secretary: Federal lands pump $371 billion into economy

Washington • Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday touted the nation’s federal lands as an economic engine — one that could start to putter should House Republicans succeed in cutting back on budgets for some key programs.
The Interior’s Department’s activities — from recreation opportunities at national parks to oil and gas drilling to timber harvesting — contributed some $371 billion and 2.3 million jobs to the U.S. Economy last year, the agency said. In Utah alone, the department report ...